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.275 Left-handed batters' average this season against southpaw Francisco Liriano. In 2013, lefties hit Liriano at a .131 clip.

"We play with the same urgency all year. We don't hit another gear with 30 games left. We want to hit that gear throughout the season. The results may not always be there, but the preparation and focus never vary."
-- Hurdle

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